Toning down from Violin Playing
Hello, since I've had a second shoulder surgery in my left shoulder, I have really enjoyed playing violins.
Before I knew it, it's been over 4 years.
Right now, I am a graduate student in Physics, during my stay at CERN, I had to leave my violin behind, and I'm realizing that although I enjoy playing violins very much, I am realizing that it is a LOT less important to me than my career right now. I am also realizing that sometimes my schedules runs from 7am until 10pm at work, and weekends I spend on maintaining my health. I really do not mind this lifestyle, and I miss playing my violin, but right now, I think a brand new, good laptop would serve me better.
I've decided to start downsizing in supplies and bows.
It is likely that I will keep my violin, case and a bow, but I am probably going to sell all of my spare strings, and my relatively newly bought JonPaul Vetta.
I'm not quite sure who I should approach in terms of sales. I did buy and sell locally on kijiji, but when dealing with Vetta bow for example, considering its value, I'm not sure exactly where I should be advertising(ebay is an option, but I need to review their everchanging selling policy).
Would some of you send me to the right pointer? I call Ottawa, ON, Canada home in terms of making sales.
Also, would some of you tell me if you decided to put the violin away for some years and came back to it?
Please PM me regarding the JonPaul (don't worry, my contact button works). :)
Yes I put my violin away for 36 years, and returned to it when the cello became too cumbersome to haul around. My advice to you is, career is not everything in life...:)
7am to 10pm, sounds like the Japanese work schedule.
What are you asking for the Vetta?
This work schedule sounds typically Cern. I remember sleeping in the office there, too.
I dont know your age, but if you are under 30-35, dont get rid of your stuff.
Paul, I'm not exactly sure on the starting point of what to ask for, but what I'd like is to get a new laptop and its upgrade out of it. We can talk privately about it if you'd like.
OP obviously ignored my post. I would like to hear from him again when he is 75 years old! Thank you Bon QuiQui for your confirmation.
I could have written what Bon wrote. Now that I am on the other side, advising grad students, I am trying to work against the idea that one should have to walk through a minefield to earn a PhD. The problem is that students are ultimately competing against those wIlling to do so. It's our job as professors -- and it's a great but very hard job, one that I'm not claiming to have mastered -- to help students learn how to do more interesting work and get better results with less effort. Some fields and research problems are just more Edisonian than others.
Erin, I did not ignore your post. I just wrote my reply half asleep.
I am glad I don't pursue "careers." Can't imagine life without my violin-friend. That said, it is YOUR choice, and what makes YOU happy, so follow your heart and dreams.
Man, don't fool yourself. The academic system is broken. It is not worth investing so much in it. And don't be romantic about it - there is absolutely no meritocracy in this profession as well. You can work as hard as you want, and without going for a beer with the right people in the end of the day, you will still be a pawn.
Steven if you just type my name into google with "chemistry" you'll come to my email address very quickly. Meanwhile I'll try to update my contact info here. I think one of the general complaints about this sight is that the contact info is often not updated and the contact button does not always work.
Actually the only other science group working on the same subject as mine is Japanese and we have a lot of them comming to us and we have a lot of us travel there. The amount of working time put into it is the same!
No comment on the career part. I rather reserve my opinion out of public website.
Giving up on violinist.com, joining particlesmashers.com forums?
haha, oh no, that comes after I sell off Socia, which I hope never happens.
Ah, I see what you mean. Whatever it is that helps you relax and de-stress from work, go for it. Everybody needs that no matter what career they choose.
Steven, don't ditch your fiddle. If you have several and want to simplify, keep your favorite violin and favorite bow. Although true already, here is the summary of my speech to be given at my 100th birthday party: "I've not lived a long life, but rather many short ones. But there have been a few things that connect them...."
I never understood the multifiddle/bow part in the first place.
Often extra bows came from greed, and extra violin(s) came for travel/outdoor events and etc.
Thank you George for your advice. I have met at CERN a banjo player, a a guitar player and a violin player. I would love to meet someone with a violin here however. It's teasing me because I started a conversation with a lady the other day just because she was carrying a violin for her child.
you will come back once you hit mid-life crisis. Yung called it
Rocky, I've had my early life crisis, and it ended up in a major shift(s) in career. I think my middle life crisis will be more intense that.
There are many musicians at Cern ;)
Perhaps you can arrange with Lord Feverstone at the National Institute for Co-ordinated Experiments for additional time to practice during your lunch break?
It turns out that one of my supervisors here in U.K.(I'm in Cambridge now) could lend me a violin during my stay here.
Don't sell your main instrument or bow, you'll surely come back to it. And you always get less selling than you pay buying... I've never seen the economics of instrument rationalisation to be very rational. Ditch the clutter though.
If you have been playing for this long, do not sell your instrument. I did not play for 10 years, and prior to that played sporadically for two (all thanks to undergrad/work/grad school/work again) and have returned to playing. I was fine not playing (as without regular practice, I was frustrated with my skill-loss), but once I started playing again it was like the missing piece was found. My parents tried to convince me over and over to sell my violin, and I insisted that it was MY violin and there was no way I could part with it.
I have to say... After 2 months, my ears are still sharp, but my fingers aren't, probably because I didn't clip the fingernails probably. I'll try again Tomorrow.
Even if you can pick up the violin for 5 minutes a day, it will help you retain a portion of your skill. Dropping it entirely can lead to a painful return, as I can personally attest to.
Start with 5 minutes per day. If you can gradually work up to 30 minutes per day you will be surprised what you can achieve. Anything is better than nothing.
Just a little bit curious, what level would you say being able to play this slowly is?
The music reminds me an old Korean drama "Hourglass" in which the beginning portion was used in many scenes...
Well, that's the last piece I was learning before the 2 months break.
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